If you are travelling to Thailand and you happen to visit Pai, chances are you’ll fall in love with this wonderful town and will be looking to extend your Thai Tourist Visa. In the past, Pai immigration office wasn’t exactly an ideal place to extend a visa, as it only opened twice a month. However, luckily now it is open every working day. In this post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about where and how to extend a Thai Tourist Visa in Pai.
What Is A Thai Tourist Visa?
A Single Entry Tourist Visa allows you to enter the Kingdom of Thailand for up to 60 days. These 60 days can be extended for a further 30 days (you can only extend once), giving you a total of 90 days in the country before you must leave.
There is also a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) which is valid for six months on your first entry to Thailand. This means you can enter and leave the country as many times as you like within these six months. On each entry though, you can only stay for a maximum of 60 days, before having to leave and re-enter.
As of 13th November 2015, each entry on the METV is eligible for a 30-day extension.
Note: If you have a visa-exempt stamp for 30 days, this can also be extended for a further 30 days. The cost and requirements are the same as below.
Where Do You Extend A Thai Tourist Visa In Pai?
You can extend a Thai Tourist Visa in Pai at Pai’s immigration office located across from the Hospital. Getting here is pretty easy from Pai’s walking street. As you are looking at the Bus Station on walking street, turn left (North West) and follow the road straight for around 400m. Here you will find Pai Immigration office on the right-hand side and the hospital slightly ahead on the left.
Or, you can click on the link Pai immigration office which will show you how to get there from Walking Street via Google Maps. The photo on google maps is old and the office looks run down in the photo. Not to worry though, it looks a lot better now than on google maps.
When Is The Immigration Office Open?
Pai’s immigration office is now open every working day from 8:30 until 16:00. If you are looking to extend a Thai Tourist Visa in Pai, you are in better look now then prior September 2019 when it only opened on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month between 10 & 4 pm.
Thankfully now, you won’t have to drive to Chiang Mai or Mae Hong Song if miss the 1st or 3rd Wednesday.
What To Bring For A Thai Visa Extension?
When applying for a visa extension, it is best to do so in person and to bring the following:
- Your passport.
- Your TM.6 departure card filled out. You would have received this when entering Thailand.
- One passport photo 4cm x 6cm in size.
- A photocopy of your passport’s photo page (main page).
- Photocopy of your Thai Visa and latest entry stamp.
- A photocopy of your TM.6 departure card.
- Bring your own black or blue pen in case they run out of pens.
- Takedown your current Thai address (i.e. your guesthouse or hostel address) and Thai phone number (if you have one). You will need this information when filling out a TM.7 application form.
TM.7 is an application form you must fill out in order to extend your temporary stay in Thailand. You can pick up this document at the immigration office on the day of extending.
How Much Does A Visa Extension Cost?
To extend a Thai Visa in Pai will set you back 1900 Bath. You will not have to pay an additional 300 Baht anymore. We are not sure why this was here before but we didn’t mind paying. It did save us a full day of travelling to and from Chaing Mai or Mae Hong Son.
When Should You Apply For An Extension?
To extend a Thai Tourist Visa in Pai, you should apply after your first 30 days, up until your last day. Normally they are not too strict on this. Be aware though, you will not be allowed to extend your visa once your entry has expired.
Note: If you have a visa-exempt stamp, don’t wait until your 30 days are up. You can apply for an extension any time during your 30 days.
Where Can You Get Photos And Photocopies Made?
You can get all your passport photos and photocopies to extend a Thai Tourist Visa in Pai at the digital print shop. The shop is located on the same road as the Police Station and a few doors down from Pai Pub (or find it here on Google Maps).
We can’t remember the exact price we paid for our photos and photocopies. As far as we can remember, we didn’t pay more than 120 Baht ($3.50), for six photos and two photocopies.
The application process to extend a Thai Tourist Visa in Pai is quite straight forward. When you enter the building you will be shown where to go. You will collect a TM.7 form, a ticket number and will be told roughly how long you will be waiting. During this time, fill out your TM.7 form and check all necessary documents.
Once your ticket number is called, your documents will be checked over. You will wait a further 10 minutes before seeing an immigration officer. Hand over all your documents and appropriate fee to the officer, who will then process your Thai Visa Extension.
Note: Arrive early as you could be waiting up to 2 hours. You will not usually be expected to sit around in the office waiting. Depending on how long you have to wait, you can head off for a coffee and come back at the time you were told.